My understanding of NAU's training is that it still involves a lot of speedwork year round -- short 200-400 reps nearly each week. I do not believe the additional easy mileage will hurt him, and I think Smith will build him up to the mileage well.
I also don't think he's a pure middle distance runner. He ran something like 8:50 in a TT, right?
Good points. And, as the other poster highlighted, he did very well in an unorthodox cross country season. There’s no reason to question Smith’s ability to develop him at NAU. Smith is a phenomenal coach.
However, again just something to think about, why change what’s working? Either go to Michigan w some input from Warhurst or go pro, keep training w Willis & company, and get the Michigan degree, if he can get in on his academics alone.
Idk, at this age, all good kids care about is running. But, running is very short lived. All but the very best and lucky are done by age 28. Life beyond running is much longer than life with competitive running. What if he becomes injury prone and never really achieves his potential? It’s a risk & happens to many (most?) unsuspecting, elite athletes. Get the Michigan degree, imho.